Los Variants is the brain child of Vince Maccarone. The name represents Vince's vision of having the many elements or variables of music and of life, connecting outside the confines of strict genre definition. It also pays homage to much admired band, Los Lobos. The Los Variants "bug" symbol was created around fractals and the building blocks of life and how the same patterns appear from molecule to universe. "jass/blues" is based on collaborations. When writing the words and music to the six originals, Vince embraced the "varied" cultural influences of his travels and favorite bands and also the experience of the many musicians he's worked with over the years. In the studio he trusts that the very musical teams he assembles will connect and deliver an evolved adaptation of whatever original vision he was looking for. (In most cases most of the musicians had never met). The songs on "jass/blues" are a testament to musicians creating without a safety net and Vince then working with the surprises and accidents and reshaping the song around them. All nine songs are the result of musicians whom Vince admires, assembled in a recording studio and lending their expertise and flexibility.Student musicians playing along side seasoned veterans, a reggae version of a jazz standard, giving the drum chair to someone else for a tune are just some of the interesting Variants on this recording. Some songs were arranged as they were being recorded, cues coming from behind the drum kit. The song Sunny Side of the Street had the vocals and drums recorded in Scotland while on tour and the rest of the music added in stages back in Canada. Others (Che Che Toronto) were mere jam sessions which were later added to, edited and mixed into this CD version.
"I had a vision for every song and by the end, that vision was realized in a new way. I really didn't know what it would sound like until the end of the process. There is accidental music on this recording and that is a welcome piece of the Los Variants ethos."